Trains will resume running through the Channel Tunnel this evening following a lorry fire, Eurotunnel have said.

Services on the Le Shuttle car service will restart as soon as possible after French firefighters give the all-clear, a company spokesman said.

He said the fire had been caused by a "smouldering load" on a lorry being carried in the north tunnel.

The services will run through the south tunnel and the company anticipates running a full service through both tomorrow.

Holidaymakers have been left stranded in London and Paris by hours of cancellations of Eurostar passenger services following the incident at the French end of the cross-Channel tunnel.

Police in southern England have also blamed the lorry fire for the disruption in the tunnel which caused transport chaos on both sides of the Channel.

In March, hundreds of Eurostar passengers were delayed after a lightning strike triggered a fire in a building close to the entrance to the tunnel in Kent.